Teens have a lot to say about this complicated world — are you listening? Mood-swinging, dream-chasing, rule-breaking dramas and adventures. Mic Drop, from CBC Podcasts. Follow @cbcmicdrop
MIKAEEL’s a class act
13:28The class action lawsuit you’ve heard Mikaeel talk about here is La Rose et al. vs. Her Majesty the Queen. It argues these youth are already being harmed by climate change, and the federal government is violating their rights to life, liberty and security and is failing to protect essential public trust resources. The youth also allege that their government’s conduct violates their right to equality, since youth are disproportionately affected by the effects of the climate emergency. You can read more about that lawsuit and get involved in your own way tackling climate change here. Now, as we come to the end of this unforgettable year, we must let you know we’ve come to our final episode. We would like to thank all the tweens and teens who had the courage to share their stories with us. Many of them had to become their own recording engineers during the pandemic, too. Hopefully their journey into podcasting doesn’t end here. Thank you for subscribing to CBC Mic Drop. It has been such an honour to be able to share these stories with you. You can continue to reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org and be part of our little universe @cbcmicdrop on Instagram. Happy holidays from all of us! Until we meet again, stay strong, stay kind, and be true to yourselves. Shari, Carrie and Ellen, the CBC Mic Drop team.
BENJI designs success
13:11Benji is passionate about graphic design and eager to help other young creators get started. He started out using Autodesk Sketchbook and also recommends trying Canva for free templates or ibisPaint for illustrations. His business is called Certified Designs and you can find Benji on Twitter @certifiedbenji_ and on Instagram @Certified.Benji The success of Certified Designs helps Benji support his parents and his three siblings. It also made it possible for him to participate in a trip to the Philippines, where he volunteered at an orphanage. Benji says that trip opened his eyes and has inspired him to do more - he wants to make positive change around the world. You can check out photos and videos from Benji’s trip here.
TALIA takes a stand
14:18Bullies at school target Talia because she is Jewish. It’s a painful struggle that affects her mental health, but Talia fights back in a way that makes school safer for everyone. *Warning* This episode contains descriptions of hate speech, and might be upsetting to some listeners. We advise that you find an adult to talk through any uncomfortable feelings that come up with what you hear.
ALEX connects the dots
7:23“It’s something you normally keep to yourself and don’t really tell anyone.” Alex has noticed there’s stigma around mental health and neurodiversity. She’s heard how some people hide their anxiety, ADHD and Dyslexia. When she receives some results of her own, she’s able to put her fears aside and connect more deeply with her friends when she discovers how common those kinds of diagnoses actually are.
MALIK is the door-to-door sci-fi guy
11:2812-year-old science fiction author Malik Hazell is self-published. For more information about his latest novel, Exile to Obticus, check out his Instagram @writeorflight_
SOPHIA bugs out
6:42Sophia fell in love with insects after a visit to a butterfly conservatory, where a butterfly landed on her and stayed with her. This little buddy on her shoulder opened up a whole world for Sophia. She was hooked. In kindergarten, Sophia was bringing grasshoppers, ladybugs and worms to school, to everyone’s delight. But by first grade, her classmates didn’t think it was so cool anymore. Things got a whole lot worse before they got better. In this episode, you’ll hear 11 year-old Sophia bring us her story from her room where she recorded her own voice. Now, after publishing her first book with Penguin Random House, The Bug Girl author gets the last word. If you’re also interested in the wonderful world of insects, you can buzz over and tag your own critter pics with #BUGSR4GIRLS on Instagram and join the group of people who know.
HANS' businesses are for the birds
12:01Falcons are amazing birds of prey but they need a lot of space to roam. Growing up in the city doesn’t make the path to keeping a falcon easy for 12-year-old Hans, but he’s working on a plan! Selling candy, shovelling snow and making his own brand of hand sanitizer is his way forward. In this episode, Hans learns several lessons about conflict, ethics, and running his own business while saving up for his future falcon. Visit @cbcmicdrop on Instagram to see photos of Hans with some of the birds of prey he got to visit this summer.
Martial arts champ GABRIELA fights sexism in sport
10:56Gabriela loves judo and Brazilian jiu jitsu but training with boys is suddenly different at age 14.
MARTY time travels to the 1980s
5:54When 11-year-old Marty discovered punk rock two years ago, he felt freed. School was no fun, and he was bored with trying to talk to classmates who were wrapped up in their phones and video games. Hear him talk about how exploring old school punk opened up a whole new world of art, music, lyrics and the best way to have fun with his friends. This episode was co-produced by Mike McKinlay. If you want to see Marty in action, check out Mike’s film about Marty here.
BELLA says “I do” at recess
12:53Relationships can be tough to figure out. So many ups and downs. Here, Bella reveals her true feelings about what it’s been like for her on that emotional rollercoaster called love. Rings and all!